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SHIMOGA: The members of the Shimoga District Janata Dal (Secular) Women's Wing staged a dharna on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Tuesday to protest against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

They urged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to file the review petition before the tribunal urging it to reconsider its final verdict on the dispute.

The president of the Women's Wing S.V. Rajamma, who addressed the demonstrators, said the interest of farmers should be safeguarded.

She also asked the State Government to bring pressure on the Centre to see that the gazette notification on the final verdict was not issued.

Seminar

Writer and columnist H.L. Keshavmurthy said here on Tuesday that the final verdict of the tribunal had done great injustice to Karnataka.

Inaugurating a seminar on Cauvery dispute at the Sahyadri Science College, he said the final verdict contained several unscientific observations which were quite detrimental to Karnataka's interest.

As the tribunal had reduced the quantum of water for the State, the allocation of water to the Bangalore city for drinking purpose would get reduced drastically while several proposed lift irrigation projects in the command area would have to be dropped.

He said that attempts were being made to impose the 1924 agreement on the Cauvery issue on Karnataka which was not fair. He said that Tamil Nadu had earlier reportedly put its requirement at 242 tmc ft. "Now it is saying that what it had claimed earlier was unscientific and sought that it be rejected. But unfortunately the tribunal has accepted its claim," he added.

He said the tribunal's silence on the distress sharing of water during the lean period had led to several doubts.

Mr. Keshavmurthy said several organisations, which were not aware of the consequences of the final verdict, were agitating separately obviously for the sake of publicity.

College principal H.V. Hoovaiah Gowda presided over the function.

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